Changes to the garden and tire beds

Hubby has been working on fences again in the last week and he tore out the east end fence around our garden because it was about to fall down.

tractor tires used for garlic, strawberries and rhubarb

tractor tires used for garlic, strawberries and rhubarb

fencing between yard and garden

fencing between yard and garden

He decided that the fence didn’t keep out the deer so he would not replace it.  We have now moved the large tire planters to the south garden fence and will plant fruit trees along the yard where the fence used to be.  We currently have three pear trees along this line, two grape vines and a blue plum.  On the North end of the garden we’ve planted three peach trees and cut down an old plum tree that died.  I want to put in two more peach trees on that North end, two more plum trees out the fence line and plant two or three cherry trees in the yard close to the pond.  All of the apple trees that used to be there except one have died and been taken out.  These trees we replace will all be of the semi-dwarf size except maybe the cherry because of the space and closeness to the garden.  We don’t want the shade from the trees to shade the garden from the morning sun.  Hopefully hubby and I will be around when they start bearing fruit.

The apple tree rootstock we planted last year have all survived the winter, rabbits and deer and it’s now time to graft them.  We think moving our hound dogs to the apple orchard have saved our new trees from the ravages of the wildlife.  We just hope the wildlife doesn’t realize the dogs can’t reach them as long as they are chained.

Space between yard and garden cleared of  fencing

Space between yard and garden cleared of fencing

Freshly plowed garden lot

Freshly plowed garden lot

Tire planters moved to new area

Tire planters moved to new area

Strawberries starting to green up.

Strawberries starting to green up.

Garlic coming up.  Love that stuff!!

Garlic coming up. Love that stuff!!

Rhubarb coming in but frost burnt the leaves badly.  I'll clip the leaves and start fresh after this weeks frost pass.

Rhubarb coming in but frost burnt the leaves badly. I’ll clip the leaves and start fresh after this weeks frost pass.

Quince tree in south west corner of garden.

Quince tree in south west corner of garden.

Pear trees sprouting.

Pear trees sprouting.

 

We try very hard to replace our fruit trees as the old one’s die which hasn’t been done for many years.  We want the future family members to have plenty of these crops on hand for their use well after we are gone!  If we don’t take care of the future generations, who will??

4 responses to “Changes to the garden and tire beds

  1. I’m changing some of my stuff also. Sure is had work!

    ✿♥ღLinda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

    Like

    • I love making changes, adding to and taking away but yard work is never ending. I do try to add more perennials every year and my beds and colors are growing. I seem to move things every year but not because I’m not satisfied but because I want to spread the joy to more locations.

      Like

  2. I love that green grass! Except for the cold weather, spring is my favorite time of year when everything comes back to life and the world is green again. Of course, if I really think about it, I love all the seasons as long as it’s not too hot.
    Hounddogs are hunting dogs raised to chase raccoons or black bear. We don’t hunt bear though my husband has several friends that do. Our hunting dogs are raised hunt raccoons (coons) and most hunt them for their furs though hubby doesn’t do much of that any more. The fur market is really bad now and the time it takes to skin and work the hides the price is not worth it. Many years ago when my children were small the price for a good raccoon hide was around $35 to $50 each. Now you would be lucky to get $5.00 for one IF you could find a buyer.
    As for the quince and the rhubarb, you apparently haven’t eaten any of my quince jelly or rhubarb pie! They’re to die for even if I do say so myself!! We make use of all the fruits, vegetables and meat raised on the farm. The excess is either sold or shared with friends and neighbors that aren’t able to raise their own.
    I’ll have to post about my canning and preserving in the fall when the cellar (underground root storage building) is full and the freezers are full.

    Like

  3. Well well – we are the busy bees – I suppose Spring really is the busy season for gardens etc.
    Looks like plenty of good grass for the cattle and what pray tell are these hound dogs?? I don’t recall seeing photos of them.
    I should think you will be busy in the preserving department when the fruits and plants are ready. However, you may keep the rhubarb and the quince – never liked either and having to somehow stomach “questionable” rhubarb pies at boarding school – well that completely put me off the stuff – ha ha. Not what you would call an epicurean delight by any means.
    Magnificent day here for Anzac day activities – the crowds as shown on TV are huge already and the Aussies at Gallipoli (Turkey) and at Flanders in Belgium are mind blowing to see. Every year there are more at these two places to show their respects – incredible.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s